Sin-Eater: The Shift of the Modern-Day Light Worker

When the term first began circulating, there was something empowering about being a light worker. My mantra, "I work in the Light and I serve the Light" has always been a powerful focus before healing sessions.

As time passed, the light-working community has grown diluted with positive affirmations and "just shine bright and ignore the bad stuff" philosophies. The teachings of Abraham and message of The Secret are no less valid, it’s simply that our namaste-blanket-blessing lacks sincerity and dynamic alignment.

When the sacred becomes a t-shirt, we know we’ve moved into the mainstream and away from the potency of the truly divine.

I used to embrace the term light worker, but have largely shied away from it in recent years. When once the blessing of light was enough, it has now become cliché, and drastically less effective as a tool for healing.

I now understand my role as a healer in service to the beings of this planet, not simply as bathing them in light, but rather as alleviating them of their density* so they may hold their own light better.

I see our bodies as light. The faster our cells vibrate, the more in-tune with Source we are. I use the words "heavy" and "dense" rather than the more charged "bad" and "negative." There is nothing inherently bad in the universe. So to use this term is deceptive and only propagates feelings of being bad or lesser evolved. Psha!

We all carry vibrations: both light and dark, good and bad, dense and luminescent. The path to enlightenment is one of unburdening the soul from feeling out of synch with—feeling separate from—God. We choose to vibrate higher, to radiate the light, and purify the frequencies around us. It's a choice after all, and one we can be mindful of in each passing moment.


The term "sin eater" has arisen lately from my Guides and feels strangely more apropos in the way healing is conducted. I was shown the vision of myself as a deep well, connected to the center of the earth. Into this well, clients can discard that which no longer serves them ‒ those secrets and stories which bring them shame, pain, and grief.

Rather than staying within my body, the debris falls into the earth to be transmuted. It’s not my job to heal them; rather, I act as a vortex through which the density can be shifted and their soul's truest light restored. I stand in the light of love and offer them a safe place though which to heal themselves.

In traditional Celtic societies, a sin eater would "eat" the sins of the deceased person after death in order to absolve the family and its lineage of the misdeeds of the departed. Eating the sins was sometimes done by placing food around the body which would be consumed by the sin eater. This was performed not only to serve the family, but to ensure the deceased left this plane and did not linger in astral form. Far from a glamorous role, the sin eater was a societal outcast, though one who was relied upon for this sacred ritual.

I can't say my modern-day role is much different. I help people release their burdens through the use of ritual, shamanic journey, sound and sometimes just talking. The major difference is that I eat the sins of the living to make life better, rather than waiting 'til death to offer salvation.

Clients routinely report feeling lighter, having freed themselves of the burdens they silently carry. In the absence of the church and the waning appeal of psychotherapy, psychics and energy healers may invariably become the modern confessional. We can see through the masks people wear and help absolve them from isolation, shame and judgment. In relieving them from the facade, we can bring them closer to their own light, truth and God.


The shamans of Mexico will purge frequently as they do their healings. Shamanic belching and vomiting are the norm, and protect the healer from absorbing the density removed from the patient. In medieval times, physicians often engaged in bloodletting to release the spirits or sins from the body. Acupuncture in ancient practice did the same. These forms of healing are trusted and effective; however, in this era of elevated frequency, I try to do my purging with vibration alone. Sound, chills, toning, drumming and singing bowls are my modern-day equivalent. Plus, let’s admit, throwing up while in session is never a fun reality!


I respect and appreciate the traditions of the shamans before me, but also see myself as galactic, a child of the cosmos. Practices are changing and the tools of healing are shifting.

Matt Kahn is an illuminated teacher sharing radical concepts of this modern ascension process. He explains it’s the role of the enlightened to transmute the negativity on this planet; to radiate so brilliantly, nothing of a lower vibration can be sustained.

In the old paradigm, we would protect ourselves or set boundaries when we experienced something of a lower vibration. In doing so, we transmute nothing, but keep the light for ourselves. This can be an exhausting endeavor to constantly clear ourselves or put up layers of energetic protection just to live within the public.

These behaviors are the opposite of what is truly being asked of us. Peace will reign once we radiate our light, once we offer blinding love and acceptance to even those darkest energies, regardless of how much pain they may be inflicting. When we can all participate in this response to the frustrations and anger we encounter, only then can we shift the consciousness of this planet. Radical, indeed!

Thus, the role of the healer isn’t to remove the negative, but to release these densities from the client so they may illuminate from within their own light.

In doing so, we are also serving in an ecclesiastic role by simultaneously purging it from the collective soul of the planet.


In this age of the Fifth Dimensional reality, to describe oneself as light worker is nondescript. We’re living in extraordinary times and the truth is, all beings are light workers! It’s not simply a moniker of the enlightened, but rather a phrase that encapsulates this era of humanity.

There’s nothing that makes us special, nothing that grants us favor, but for some, it’s become a burden to bear. I've heard within our community that being a light worker means we have to work extra hard to alleviate ourselves from the people around us. Or that being different—gifted, even—means we must endure the unevolved. As healers, we must be sensitive of this perceived burden and do our part to eradicate the elitism it sometimes carries.

We are seeing our ways of healing transform radically as paradigms shift and old beliefs collapse. Modern healers must be sin eaters to truly be of service and change the planet now. It’s the love we share and brilliance we radiate that holds the power to bring peace to those who seek us. We serve not by "fixing" people, but by reminding them of their innate radiance.

It’s the unconditional love we offer, even to their darkest places, which illuminates a path back to God. We heal without judgment, without limits, so they may reclaim their light again.

When we healers can embrace this space of love and act as a portal for healing, rather than creating separation in our role as beings of light, we can be of greater service to our planet. I'll take "sin eater" over "light worker" any day!

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henrik.lindholt, posted on October 6, 2015

Having been within the shaminic work for over 30 years...I know about transmuting of the denser energies, especially trough rituals and doing the sweatlodge, where we go into the womb of Mother Earth and realease what we don't need anymore, so that we can emerge cleansed and reborn. There seem to be a new movement on Earth which is about imbracing the denser and darker sides of ourselfs, like Shadowwork within the Personal Growth comunities. This has, as you write, been done for thousand of years by the shamans and other spiritual communities, like the egyptians, which had rituals for deep cleasing of shadows, so that when you died you were able to pass "The ritual of Ma'at" by using the lines of texts that are often collectively called the "Forty-Two Declarations of Purity (Papyrus of Ani)"

I definitely also see this shift in the work of many of my friends within the personal growth movement like within Tantra, The Work, Psykotherapy, Coaching, Astrology and many others. And at the basis of all of them is the belife that you need to embrace your shadow in order to move on to more holistic life.

Thank you so much Andye for sharing...some of your light into the darkness.

andyerrs, posted on October 19, 2015

I'm not bothered by the dark... call it what you will, I think it holds so much potency to heal us. I have many memories of the Egyptian ceremonies and can happily say I'll take some hard-core shadow work to swimming with crocodiles any day!

Many thanks for taking some time to share other avenues to explore the depths.

borsello.lmt, posted on October 5, 2015

Heard a recent commentary by Nickie Thetsy ( (many YouTube vids). It has been a long tradition to bury negative thoughts in earth in order to have her transmute these. Nickie says the earth can no longer handle these well; she is literally vomiting back through volcanoes & sinkholes all the negativity directed at her via fracking (not pulling out oil, but depositing horrid stuff deep under the crust) and nuclear waste disposal, chemtrail deposits, and so on. It might be better at this time to find another analogy - perhaps ask the light to transmute this stuff - than putting it into her when she is struggling.

I found this an interesting & logical train of thought. I believe it will interest you as well.

Thanks for listening,

andyerrs, posted on October 19, 2015

It makes so much sense. Being the lover of Gaia that I am, I'd rather take some pressure off and do what I can to purge my own stuff as well. :-) We can transmute it!

She is immense and powerful yet I think others are asking so much of her now. I answered her call many moons ago and in honor of her stay on this happy plane to serve her as she fulfills her destiny.

Thank you for sharing Nickie with me!

peacekeeper, posted on October 7, 2015

Interesting insight, dear Carol-dudette. :) i had heard of this practice and its 'belief' of being able to pass-along our more disturbing shadow aspects to good ol' mother earth. Certainly a loving concept to have our Mother take-away what ails us- that is if she is truly desiring to do so. :)

Not personally having (conscious) contact with mother-earth (though i suspect she is highly conscious), i cannot speculate on her well-being as our sister Nickie Thetsy has. Perhaps she (nickie) is tuned to sentient connection with gaia(?) and knows directly of what she speaks? And if so, may her teachings offer their compassion and assistance.

It is my tutelage and direct-experience that has revealed the consciousness flowing through the dark corridors. i don't speak truth for anyone but this is what i have learned through direct communion with dark forces: That each of us humans hold a proverbial darkside that must one day be discovered and explored- in order for the 'antropos' (fully-realized human) to be unveiled.

'Negative' energies, thoughts, original entities, etc, cannot be passed or removed from our fields- but they can be transformed using Breath and Acceptance which changes their experience entirely and permanently. Sending 'outside' entities somewhere else is temporary... though attempting to rid ourselves of our dark quotient (our dark half) is a well-intending fiction. Unless we teach our darker brethren to transform themselves... they will continue to kill our body-vehicles. As Yeshua says in the gospel of thomas:

"if you discover 'that' within you
it will save you.
if you fail to discover 'that' within you
it will kill you."

Our beloved brother is speaking of these 'energies' which are literally conscious... and must one day be discovered and brought into Acceptance. And less we not forget Mary Magdalene's wisdoms:

"you cannot defeat the evil inclination
but if you bring it to the service of what is good
it will cease to be evil."

Like our shaman brother commenting above, indeed... we must search our darkness, for there we will find the breath of life- as the rumi-dude loves to say. :) Blessings.

andyerrs, posted on October 19, 2015

Each time I read your replies I sit down with a cuppa to enjoy and digest. Thank you for sharing your wisdom! Transformation is the only way. Love is the key and there is nothing within us that cannot be healed with breath.

And to bring Yeshua and Magdalene in... aye, I will happily follow your blog as soon as you are ready to share it.

Much love and gratitude

haudegen4711, posted on October 5, 2015

Thank you, Andye! I had never heard of the 'sin eaters' but I had heard from Nisargadatta that we must 'swallow' the world in order to know Reality beyond good and evil and all dichotomies. This sounds very similar, especially when you apply it to the living. It also means for me that all that causes suffering can be 'absorbed' by the Universal Beingness, which for me is synonymous with Love.

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